Crypto markets: Cryptocurrencies have appreciated mightily over the past week in the context of a broader recovery of the risk asset market. Bitcoin has climbed back above $24k, there has been an across the board appreciation across digital currencies. In general, since the beginning of the year, virtual coins have moved in tandem with traditional risk assets. Extremely bearish sentiment is gradually fading. In addition to the overall improvement in investor sentiment, some positive news, such as the fact that low-volume digital coin transactions will not be subject to taxation, has helped.
Stock and commodity markets: During the past week, world stock markets have strengthened noticeably. The S&P 500 added 4.3%, with US stocks gaining more than 9% for the month, the best monthly performance since November 2020. Stocks were driven higher by the Fed chief’s rhetoric, an encouraging earnings season so far and some easing of lockdown pressures in China. Oil prices are under pressure from fears of a global economic recession and a related decline in demand for energy resources. At the same time, experts warn that the supply of oil on the market may not be sufficient, and with reports that OPEC+ will leave next month’s production targets unchanged at its meeting on Wednesday, oil prices are rising again. Gold and other commodities are benefiting from a weaker dollar and lower bond yields.
Fundaments and important events: The last week of July was all about the US FOMC meeting and the 2Q22 earnings season. The Fed, as expected, raised base interest rates by 75 b.p. Powell stated that the Fed will continue to raise interest rates to quickly dampen inflation, even if it means a slowdown in economic growth or a mild recession. In early August, markets will be watching for the continuation of earnings season. Its outlook so far is rather supportive for the markets. In addition to the earnings season, a lot of macroeconomic data will be released at the beginning of the month, which will help the market to form a picture of the state of the economy and possible future monetary policy actions. We should expect up to more than 100% year-on-year growth in electricity prices in the autumn.
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